By Jayne Gibson
Executive Director Austin Aspires
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” ~Sherry Anderson
In 2011, a group of community leaders convened with one focus -— improve the quality of life in Austin by 2020. Hundreds of volunteers came together, inspired by successes of other communities. Ms. Jana Haynes was one of those volunteers. In 2012, she assumed the role of co-chair of the Educational Leaders Committee, one of Vision 2020’s committees. In this role, Ms. Haynes played a vital role in the creation and launch of Austin Aspires. As one of the original members of the Board of Directors, Ms. Haynes worked diligently to ensure Austin Aspires was an established 501c3, with by-laws, funding, policies and practices that ensure sustainability and success. Ms. Haynes shared a vision of high-quality education for all in our community, and it was that passion that drove the work she did for Austin Aspires.
Ms. Haynes serves as the vice president and Controller for Hormel Foods Corporation. Austin Aspires benefited greatly from her depth of education, experience and knowledge in financial policies, internal controls, financial reporting, general accounting and tax law.
Mr. Jim Snee, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, also acknowledged the vital role that Ms. Haynes played in her role as an Austin Aspires Board Member. “I would like to thank Jana for her commitment to education and service to the Austin Aspires Board of Directors. Jana’s professionalism and financial and business acumen will leave a lasting legacy for the Austin Aspires organization as they continue their critical mission of improving education in this community.”
The end of December 2018 marked the completion of Ms. Haynes time as an official member of the Austin Aspires Board. Although she will no longer play an official role in the organization, her lasting impact will be evident throughout the operation. On behalf of Austin Aspires, we want to publicly acknowledge Ms. Haynes for the incredible work she has done as a board member. We are extremely grateful to Ms. Haynes for the sharing of her time, wisdom and passion for others.
Ms. Jill Andrews has been elected to replace Ms. Haynes on the Austin Aspires Board of Directors.
Thank you for being an engaged partner in our community -- you help make this a community where residents can live, learn, work and play. Strong schools also make this a great community and your support helps to ensure we maintain our high quality schools while accommodating our growing student population and providing a quality environment for our kids to learn.